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Low alcohol consumption in pregnancy and childhood outcomes

14 September, 2017

Low alcohol consumption in pregnancy and childhood outcomes

The effects of light or occasional drinking in pregnancy are sparse according to new research published in BMJ Open.

However, there was some evidence that even light prenatal alcohol consumption is associated with preterm delivery and being small for gestational age.

The research authors concluded: ‘Guidance could advise abstention as a precautionary principle, but should explain the paucity of evidence.’

RCM head of education Carmel Lloyd said: ‘We support the view of the research authors and our advice also remains that if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant then it is better to remove any doubt about the impact of alcohol and not drink it.

‘However, this must be about women making a choice and what is important is that they make that choice based upon the best available evidence.’

She added that if pregnant women have concerns about their level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy, that they should speak to their midwife who will be able to offer them advice and support.

Access the research here.

 

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